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March 9th, 2009
University to host international film festival


The Texas State University Department of Modern Languages will host the Tournées International Film Festival and Symposium, March 23-April 3.

Inspired by this year’s Common Experience theme, Civic Responsibility and the Legacy of LBJ, the festival will feature French, German and Spanish films that offer an intercultural view on civic responsibility.

Filmmakers and special guests, John Carlos Frey and Heather Galloway will give the opening lecture on March 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the Alkek Library Teaching Theater. They will address civic responsibility in Latino films and a screening of Frey’s newly completed film “1979 Miles” will follow at 6:30 p.m.

On March 24, Austin documentary filmmaker Hector Galan will also present “The Forgotten Americans,” which he directed for Jaime Chahin, dean of the College of Applied Arts. The film will be shown in the Centennial Hall Teaching Theater at 2 p.m. “The Forgotten Americans” has inspired a photography exhibition that will be on display in the coffee forum of the University Honors Program and in the Department of Modern Languages from until April 10. The exhibit also features the work of photographers Alan Pogue and Jason Reed.

Chris Eska’s “August Evening” will also be shown on March 24 in the Alkek Teaching Theater at 5:15 p.m. following a series of roundtable discussions where participants can address the nature of political commitment in filmmaking.

The festival is made possible by a grant from the French American Cultural Exchange or FACE, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering French-American relations through the arts, education, and cultural exchange. FACE began the grants for Tournées festivals in 2004 more than $180,000 has been awarded annually and more than 300,000 students have participated.

Texas State sponsors include The Equity and Access Office, University Lecturers Committee, The Common Experience and the French American Cultural Exchange. The festival is free and open to the public.

For information, including a complete schedule of events, please visit the Department of Modern Language’s website at:


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